With the imminent release of Pacific Rim Uprising, I thought I would give the original film a rewatch. The film begins in 2013, Where deep beneath the the Pacific Ocean, a fissure opens up, which leads to another dimension. Through the fissure, giant monsters referred to as Kaiju appear, gradually more of these creatures begin to come through the fissure, attacking coastal cities arond the Pacific. The kaijus are all given different names like Trespasser, Scissure, Reckoner, Onibaba, Spinejackal, Bonesquid, Kojiyama, Hardship, Reckoner, Ceramander, Tentalus, Knifehead, Yamarashi, Mutavore, Leatherback, Otachi, Raiju, Scunner and Slattern.
To stop the invaders, Various countries Ally together to create TheJaeger Program: a series ofgiant mechanical Robots, intended to stop the ceatures. These Robots have names like Gypsy Danger, Cherno Alpha Striker Eureka and Crimson Typhoon. The Jaegers are piloted by two people each including Charlie Hunnam, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, and Rinko Kikuchi under the unwavering command of Idris Elba. To operate the Jaegers the pilots minds are linked together by “The Drift, ” which synchronizes their movements and enables them to operate the massive machines. At first The Jaegers are able to defeat the Kaiju, and take down the creatures. Pretty soon, the Jaegers and their pilots become celebrities.
Meanwhile the dead Kaiju soon become a valuable black-market commodity, their parts sold off for various collections and medicinal purposes. One such collector is Hannible Chau (Ron Perlman) a bootlegger in Kaiju corpses. But just as the battle seems to be turning, the Kaiju’s attacks become more brutal. One of the more famous Jaeger duos, Raleigh Beckett (Charlie Hunnam), and his older brother, Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff) Who Pilot a Jaeger named “Gypsy Danger,” are despatched to intercept a Kaiju heading towards Anchorage., Alaska. However the Kaiju severely damages the Jaeger and kills Yancy. Deeply Traumatised by the attack, Raleigh decides that he has had enough of the Jaeger program and leaves, to find work elesewhere.
Seven years later, Beckett is now working along the Western coast of the United States, helping build a giant wall that is meant to keep the Kaiju out. Meanwhile in the 7 years since Raleigh was with the Jaeger program, numerous countries have called for the Jaeger program to be terminated, assuming that building the walls will make them safe, however the head of the program Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), claims that the World’s Leaders are making a terrible mistake and says the program is still viable, even so the World Leaders remain unconvinced and it is relocated to Hong Kong, and given 8 months of funding, before being termimated.
Back on the West Coast, Raleigh sees a television report concerning a Kaiju which has broken through the wall surrounding Sydney Harbor in Australia and is intercepted by the Jaeger Striker Eureka. Thanks to his previous experience in the Jaeger Program Raleigh soon finds himself being flown to a secret Base (known as ‘The Shatterdome’). At the Shatterdome he meets Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), who tells Raleigh that she has studied how to be a Jaeger pilot, Pentecost also introduces Raleigh to two scientist named Dr Newton Geiszler (Charlie Day), an obsessive ‘Kaiju Fanboy,’ who studies the creatures through salvaged organs and other parts, and Dr Gottlieb (Burn Gorman), a more ‘practical’ man, who is using his mathematical skills to try and pinpoint the frequency of creatures coming through the ocean rift and predict when and where they will attack next.
The last remaining Jaegers and their crews are assembled Within the Shatterdome in a last desperate attempt to defeat the Kaiju. These are comprised of The Crimson Typhoon (from China), Cherno Alpha (from the Ukraine), Striker Eureka (fresh from its stint in Australia), and (to Raleigh’s surprise) Gypsy Danger. Raleigh requests that Mako help him co-pilot Gypsy Danger, but his request is refused by Pentecost, then Raleigh eventually discovers why Pentecost is reluctant to let Mako co-Pilot Gypsy Danger. Unfortunately though Kaiju attacks become more deadly and the situation becomes increasingly desperate so Pentecost reluctantly agrees to let Mako co-pilot Gypsy Danger . Meanwhile Professor Gottlieb discovers that the number of Kaiju coming up through the rift is increasing. Geiszler meanwhile, wonders if they can learn more about the Kaiju, if they are able to make a neural connection with its brain and “Drift with the Kaiju” to find out what their plans are. However making a neural connection with a Kaiju is extremely dangerous as the Kaiju can also read human minds and also learn what the humans are planning.
Geiszler then travels to Hong Kong to meet Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman). However they are interrupted when two more Kaiju’s attack Hong Kong intent on clobbering Geiszler, so Pentecost sends out Cherno Alpha, Crimson Typhoon and Gypsy Danger to deal with them. As the Jaegers and Kaiju battle it out in Hong Kong Pentecost outlines an audacious and extremely hazardous plan which if successful could prevent any further Kaiju from coming through the fissure, or not, as the case may be….